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Our grandparents’ games and toys in Francavilla/I giochi e i giocattoli dei nostri nonni a Francavilla June 13, 2009

Filed under: Old games and toys,Old traditions — Mario @ 1:40 pm

Quante volte ci siamo sentiti dire dai nostri genitori o dai nostri nonni:” Ma che giochi fate, i nostri sì che erano giochi !”. Ora ci è venuto il desiderio di conoscere i loro giochi ed è per questo che abbiamo deciso di intervistare i nostri nonni  per conoscere e riproporre a noi stessi il loro modo di trascorrere il tempo e il loro modo di divertirsi. Li abbiamo intervistati e ci siamo convinti che avevano ragione. Noi trascorriamo troppo tempo in solitudine davanti al televisore mentre loro stavano sempre in compagnia in mezzo alla strada, dalla mattina alla sera . Giocavano e si divertivano un mondo. I loro giochi erano coinvolgenti, spesso pericolosi, ma quasi sempre molto interessanti, da tutti i punti di vista, in quanto erano giochi che prevedevano fantasia, intelligenza,tattica, abilità, resistenza e persino creatività. Già, perché il più delle volte erano loro stessi che dovevano costruire i loro giocattoli, dal monopattino alla carrozza, dalla fionda all’arco con le frecce, dal pallone costruito con staccë al ruòllë, ecc. Noi abbiamo provato a rifare i loro giochi e abbiamo constatato che erano davvero bravi nell’eseguirli.  Li abbiamo rifatti nelle nostra palestra, con il tappeto in gomma, con le scarpe da ginnastica ai piedi, con il materasso per attutire eventuali cadute, e tuttavia abbiamo incontrato molte difficoltà. Essi, invece, li eseguivano in mezzo alla strada selciata, con ai piedi pesanti scarponi, senza tuta e soprattutto senza materassino per attutire delle cadute che sicuramente ci sono state. 

How many times we heard to say to us by our parents or our grandparents: “But what games you play, ours, certainly, were games!” Now the wish to know their games was born in ourselves and that’s why we decided to interview our grandparents to know and repropose  to ourselves their way to spent the time and have fun. We interviewed them and convinced ourselves that they were right. We spent our time in loneliness  opposite the television as they always  stayed in company on the road , from the morning to the evening. They played  and had a lot of fun. Their games were captivating , often dangerous, but quite always very interesting, from every point of view, as they were games that provided fantasy, intelligence, tactic, ability, resistance and even creativity, Yes, because the more of the times they had to make their toys for themselves, from the scooter to the carriage, from the catapult to the bow with the arrows, from the ball made with the “staccë”( flat stones) to the “ruòllë” (tumble), etc. We tried to replay their games and realized they were really good at playing them.  We replayed them in our gym, with the gum carpet, with the trainers at our feet, with the mattress to cushion the falls, and all the same we had many difficulties. They, instead, played them on the paved street, with at their feet heavy boots, without track suit and moreover without mattress to cushion the falls that surely there have been.

 I questa presentazione, da noi realizzata, tutto ciò che abbiamo trovato/ In this presentation, made by ourselves, all  what we found out:

Our grandparents’games and toys in Francavilla

 In questi filmati, anch’essi realizzati da noi, tutti i nostri giochi in palestra/In these videos, also made by ourselves, all our games in the gym:

foto / Photos

Video 1

Video 2

La musica, nella presentazione ed in uno dei video, è suonata con strumenti tipici del nostro artigianato locale: fischietto, zampogne e totarella.

The music, in the powerpoint and in  one of the videos, is played with typical instruments of our local handicraft: whistle, bagpipes and “totarella” ( a kind of recorder).

mostra pollino 123

mostra pollino 108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

         Zampogne / Bagpipes                                                        Totarella / Recorder

Guarda anche su / Also look at sulsinni.com

 

Mario, Gina e la classe 5^B- Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia

 

2 Responses to “Our grandparents’ games and toys in Francavilla/I giochi e i giocattoli dei nostri nonni a Francavilla”

  1. ivasil Says:

    Very nice post, it gave me a nostalgic feeling. I also like old games and miss them.
    Unfortunately, we’ve been quite silent on the blog lately, as we all had exams: the kids had the National Term Papers and I am to defend my dissertation tomorrow.
    We have already stopped school the day before yesterday. Happy holidays!
    Irina and the kids.

  2. Gina Says:

    Hi Irina!
    I noticed your missing on the blog, but I see you’re busy, we were, too!
    I ‘m happy you liked our post and our old games: someone is really interesting and unusual. Looking at Mario teaching the children to play them was a funny discovery for me. I knew only some of them, Mario, instead, remembered them very well because he played them when was a child. Children had really a lot of fun!
    We also are on holidays, our school is over since 10th June. Happy holidays to you,too!
    Gina, Mario and the kids


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